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What are Natural Mange Remedies?

Mange, caused by parasitic mites, causes itchy spots across a dog’s skin. Scabs can form from the dog scratching. Mange is extremely uncomfortable and potentially contagious for other animals in your home as well as, on occasion, to humans by way of itchy bumps. Your dog may lose hair, develop sensitive sores, and be in intense pain, causing anxiety and restlessness. Your veterinarian can advise on mange medications and ways to keep your other animals away from your mangy dog until they are safe to be together again. If left untreated, mange can be life-threatening for your dog. Along with veterinary medications, there are several ways you can treat mange safely from home.

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Natural Mange Remedies Procedure in Dogs

There are several home remedies for treating mange. From bathing to spot cleaning or food additives, mange can be handled with ease from the comfort of your home making it easier for your dog.

Apple Cider Vinegar

An apple cider vinegar bath can help get rid of the mange mites. Mix ½ cup of apple cider vinegar with ½ cup of Borax and warm water. Be sure the Borax is fully dissolved before sponging the mixture on your dog’s skin and coat. Also make sure your dog does not lick the mixture, as ingesting Borax can be harmful. Use a cone collar if necessary. Apply mixture to your dog’s entire body and coat, avoiding the mouth and eyes. Then let the solution air dry without towel drying.

The same mixture in a spray bottle can be applied to smaller areas on your dog’s skin and fur without having to bathe the entire dog. This is perfect for small dogs or small affected areas.

Apple cider vinegar can also be added to your dog's food or water. Add a teaspoon for dogs under 30 pounds or a tablespoon for dogs over 30 pounds to their food bowl to help get rid of mange. Apple cider vinegar has both antiseptic and antibacterial properties which will help heal your dog as well and create a pH balance necessary for healing the skin.


Honey has incredible properties and can be used for many ailments for animals as well as humans. Its antiseptic and antioxidant properties will help heal the sore, tender skin while building immunities. Honey can also cleanse the skin of bacteria and the dirt and grime from mange. Apply honey directly to the sore spots on your dog’s skin for treatment.

Olive Oil

Applying olive oil directly to the affected areas can soothe the tender skin and help rid the area of the mange.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Borax    

Sponge bathing your dog with a Borax and hydrogen peroxide solution is a popular treatment for mange. Hydrogen peroxide and Borax together help kill mange and heal the skin sores.

Applying these treatments on a regular basis will help rid your dog of mange, and on a weekly basis could keep it from recurring.

Efficacy of Natural Mange Remedies in Dogs

Dedication to treatment is essential when treating mange. It could take up to four weeks for mange to completely disappear and the sore, tender skin to fully heal. It may take even longer for fur to grow back fully. If treated daily for a full month, these treatments show a high efficacy rate. Some dogs are susceptible to mange based on genetics. These dogs can be treated as a preventive measure with good hygiene and regular bathing.

To gain the full effect of a natural mange remedy, be sure to treat the skin spots, ears, and nose daily along with bathing at least every week if not every few days.

Natural Mange Remedies Recovery in Dogs

Your dog will need to be on a well-maintained diet to improve their immune system and fight infection from mange. While your dog is showing signs of mange, keep them away from other pets in the household. As you are treating mange and bathing your dog, be sure to launder the dog’s bedding as well. A Borax and apple cider vinegar laundering will keep your dog’s bedding clean and free of mange as your dog heals. If your dog has lost weight as a result of mange, be sure to watch them eat meals and ensure they are gaining weight back at a healthy rate. You may notice more energy from your dog as they begin to feel better.

Cost of Natural Mange Remedies in Dogs

Treating mange from home isn’t costly. You could spend under $25 for a month’s supply of natural ingredients for a mange sponge bath. Upkeep with laundering bedding and weekly baths, shouldn't be more than $25 a month. If your veterinarian recommends antibiotics or a medicated shampoo, you may spend a bit more, but not much more than a routine trip to the vet and $10-$20 on medication and shampoo. To keep that cost down you can opt for the antibiotic from your veterinarian if it is necessary and make the bathing solution at home.

Dog Natural Mange Remedies Considerations

Mange is treatable, but it can also vary in degrees of comfort and pain. If a skin infection is present, see your veterinarian for advice and treatment. You can treat mange at home with baths and natural food additives while still treating an infection medically. Keeping a close eye on your dog’s skin and reactions to these natural remedies gives you control over how often you need to treat and which remedy is working best for your dog’s condition.

Natural Mange Remedies Prevention in Dogs

Keeping your dog clean and healthy is key to preventing mange. Hygiene for your dog’s skin and coat are essential to the overall health of your dog. You’ll need to keep your dog’s bedding clean as well. If you know of other dogs or pets who have mange, keep your dog away from them. Brushing your dog daily and a healthy diet can assist in keeping your dog mange free. If your dog is outside often or around other dogs at parks and such, be sure to follow up with baths and washing. Pay close attention to your dog’s coat and skin so you can tell if anything is awry.

Natural Mange Remedies Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

german shepard
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Took my 8 week old Shepard mix to vet. Got her the shot for mange mites and a steriod for the itching and nexguard but she still itches a lot what can I put on her to relive this

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Keidah, I can't recommend any treatments for her, unfortunately. Sometimes, the itching from Mange can get worse as the mites die, before it starts to improve. She may need antibiotic therapy for any secondary infection - it would be best to give your veterinarian a call and see what they might recommened, since they have seen her recently.

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pit bull terrier
5 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hair Loss

I took my puppy to the vet because he started scratching himself until his fur started falling out, it started out as one little area but now it's about 10 litte areas where his fur is either bald or very thin, they gave him medicine after they did a skin scrap and said he had mites, it's been a couple weeks since he took the medicine but his bald spots don't look like the fur is growing back at all, does he need more med or something else because i think the mites ain't gone yet

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should return Loki to your Veterinarian for another skin scraping to look for mites, sometimes it takes a while for hair to grow back. The type of mite which determine the treatment required, but it is always good to have another skin scraping to make sure the mites are gone. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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pit bull terrier
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Losing hair

Medication Used


I have 3 year old american pit bull named Krypto. In the last 7 months, he has had issues with licking his paws. I took him to the vet and they told me he had allergies. I changed his food from Purina Dog Chow to Rachel Ray Nutrish: Beef and Brown Rice. The vet put him on Aboquel and it helped with the infection in his paws from licking. She also put him on antibiotics to help with an ear infection he had.

Since Krypto was 7 months old he has had ear infections. Two weeks ago, we changed his food to the Rachel Ray NO GRAIN because they didnt have his usual one. Also around this time, he went missing overnight... two days later after he returned home from his "missing dog" ventures he seemed to develop an infection on his chest like over night, there was puss and crusty, stinky (like frito corn chips smell) goo. I gave him a bath and we found his old food and switched it out, thinking it was the food. He got better. Until two nights ago I noticed he has scabs all over his body, dandruff, he is losing hair everywhere. Elbows, whole body (back and neck) he is chewing the pads on his feet and constantly scratching. Not to mention, he is losing hair behind his ears and the insides are very red. From what I have read online it seems like it could be Mange. Unfortunately, I cannot afford a huge vet bill right now. What can I do at home until I can make it to the vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, there really isn't anything that you can do at home without knowing if he has a bacterial or fungal infection, or parasites. Allergies can be frustrating and difficult to control, and sometimes the allergies will be controlled with Apoquel unless in infection occurs, and they become itchy again. he may need medications to clear up the cause of his current infection, whatever the cause. Most clinics do offer CareCredit to help with unexpected expenses, as well.

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